City of Darwin
Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries
Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport City of Darwin's local resident workers use (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.
There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:
- The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work;
- The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
- The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.
Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Resident workers method of travel to work|
|City of Darwin||2016||2011||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||Northern Territory%||Number||%||Northern Territory%||2011 - 2016|
|Car, as driver||26,615||63.2||60.2||23,879||61.6||56.3||+2,736|
|Car, as passenger||2,820||6.7||6.8||2,973||7.7||7.9||-153|
|Other - multiple methods||783||1.9||2.1||808||2.1||2.3||-25|
|Worked at home||991||2.4||2.6||941||2.4||2.8||+50|
|Did not go to work||3,128||7.4||7.5||3,422||8.8||8.6||-294|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
In 2016, there were 2,894 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Darwin, compared with 30,289 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).
Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in City of Darwin shows that 6.9% used public transport, while 72.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.3% and 68.9% respectively in Northern Territory.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in City of Darwin and the Northern Territory workforce were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (4.9% compared to 8.5%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (63.2% compared to 60.2%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (6.7% compared to 6.1%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bicycle (3.0% compared to 2.5%)
The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in City of Darwin between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Car, as driver (+2,736 resident workers)
- Bus (+1,176 resident workers)
- Did not go to work (-294 resident workers)
- Car, as passenger (-153 resident workers)